Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Paleo Lemon Ice Cream


I will proudly say that delicious though it is, I only had a few bites of today's recipe. See, I'm taking baby steps toward doing a Whole30 Challenge, during which I'm trying to gradually wean my intake of natural sweeteners and Paleo treats.


Why baby steps? In truth, once I've made my mind to commit I am not one to hesitate before diving into something. When I gave up gluten, and then when I started eating Paleo, I didn't gear up for it. I just did it. And when I gave up caffeine during both pregnancies, I just stopped drinking the stuff (withdrawal headaches be damned).

I'm not embarking on the challenge today (wouldn't May 1 make a nice starting day?) simply because of the realities of life. Not that I have a fabulous social calendar, but it's the caveman's 50th tomorrow, my birthday on the 18th, Mother's Day coming up and finally I have a semi-formal charity dinner to attend next week with my family.

While I don't mind going without in social settings, I really want to do this thing right. I think taking the next couple of weeks to enjoy a few treats, while plotting out some good meals and strategies for my 30 days is the smart way to go.

The reason I want to complete a Whole30 is that I really want to quell my sweet tooth, and see if avoiding to many Paleo-fied treats will impact my health. I'm not looking to lose weight, but am always looking to get leaner and meaner.

I started my baby steps today by only having one packet of stevia in my coffee. Usually I go for two. I tasted the ice cream (okay, it was definitely more than a bite or two), but didn't have a whole serving. These might seem like minor things, but they are HUGE for me.

All of my personal mumbo jumbo aside, this recipe came out amazingly well. I will totally indulge in it again down the road, and it's definitely a worthy healthy treat! Although I've used cashew cream in various savory dishes, I'd yet to try it for something sweet. It added great texture to the ice cream, and you honestly cannot taste the nut flavor at all.

I will definitely miss my sweet treats during my upcoming Whole30! If anyone has completed one and has recipes or advice to share, please send them my way :)


to soak your nuts, simply put in enough water to cover and allow to sit. That's it :)
Vegan Lemon & Toasted Coconut Ice Cream

1/2 cup raw cashews (soak for an hour if you don't have a high-powered blender)
1 can coconut milk
1/2 cup raw agave nectar
1 tsp. vanilla
juice of 2 lemons zest of 1/2 lemon
1/4-1/2 cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes**

Combine cashews, coconut milk, agave, vanilla, and lemon juice and zest in blender. Process until smooth.
Pour mixture into ice cream maker and prepare following manufacturer's instructions. Stir in coconut during last minute or so of the mixture churning, or by hand.


**I toasted mine in a 350 oven for about 5 minutes, stirring it once. You can also toasted your coconut in a skillet on the stovetop, just be careful of turning the heat up too much and scorching it!

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